Aberavon AM, David Rees, has welcomed the first tranche of urban quiet areas that have been initiated as part of the Environmental Noise Directive. The Directive requires authorities to identify quiet areas in their environmental noise action plans, and any actions that aim to protect those areas from an increase in noise.

David Rees AM said:

“The policy, developed in partnership with local authorities, is to prioritise high quality urban green spaces that can provide quiet and tranquillity for the benefit of local residents.

In our often hectic modern lives they provide a necessary respite. I’ve got many fond memories of some of these areas and I’m delighted that their peace and tranquillity will be actively preserved so that residents can carry on enjoying them for years to come.”

Environment Minister, John Griffiths said:

“I am delighted to be able to confer this status on all the areas put forward by local authorities. Earlier this month I spoke of my vision for improving urban areas in Wales and access to quiet green spaces is vital to realising this. It is important that people living and working in large urban areas have access to quiet areas where they can relax, unwind and enjoy time with family and friends.

“Many of the areas in this consultation are home to birds and other wildlife. The Welsh Government values the role these areas play in their neighbourhoods and is committed to preserving them for the future.”

The first tranche of designated quiet areas in Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council are:

• Talbot Memorial Park
• Vivian Park
• Neath Abbey Ruins
• Mount Pleasant Park, Melin
• Skewen Park
• Shelone Woods
• Baglan Park
• Victoria Gardens
• Church Place
• King George V Park, Pontardawe